Deceitful, fraudulent; hence = fraud or deceit. = double
dealing, referring to the double-dealing of the Thessalians with their
confederates, a notable instance of which occurred in the Peloponnesian
War where, in the very midst of the battle, they turned sides,
deserting the Athenians and going over to the Lacedæmonians. The
Loerians had a similar bad repute, whence but of all people, the
Spartans were most noted for treachery.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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